[POTTER, Beatrix] ‘H.B.P.’


‘A Frog he would a fishing Go’
first appearance, in Nister’s Holiday Annual 1896.
London & New York, Ernest Nister & E.P. Dutton, [1895].

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The first appearance of Beatrix Potter’s first published illustrations for a narrative, and the first to depict “Jeremy Fisher”, whose Tales were not published until 1906. Of the ten illustrations, nine are by Potter and bear her initials ‘HBP’, with the initial drawing of a frog holding a rod, whose tangled fishing line reveals the words of the title, having been prepared by Nister (replacing the one they would not pay for, see Linder pp.176-179). Beatrix Potter would subsequently buy back the drawings and blocks from Nister for £6, shortly after the successful publication of The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

The story featured in both this annual for 1896, published in 1895, and Nister’s Comical Customers, which was published in 1896. It is rare to find complete and in such good order.


10 illustrations for Clifton Bingham’s verse by Beatrix Potter (initialled HBP), with illustrations for the other stories, poems &c. by various other illustrators including Louis Wain, some full-page, plus the full complement of 6 chromolithographed plates, some light toning and foxing mostly to margins, contemporary Christmas ownership inscription to front pastedown, but overall internally very good; publisher’s cloth-backed pictorial boards, some edge wear and minor marking, but overall a good, sound copy.


Taylor, Whalley, Hobbs, Battrick pp.126-127; V&A 1029-1053; Linder pp.176-179


Stock ID: 99169